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Jazz & Contemporary Music Studies


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Jazz Studies

The Jazz & Contemporary Music Studies program provides students with advanced instruction in Bass, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, or Voice.

The Jazz and Contemporary Music Program offers:

- Weekly one-on-one lessons in instrument or voice
- Performances at Chicago’s premier venue, The Jazz Showcase
- Style-based combos coached by top area professionals
- The only vocal jazz program in the city of Chicago
- Courses in improvisation, jazz theory, jazz piano for non-majors, jazz history, and more
- Regular coachings from area professionals in our Friday afternoon Jazz Forum series
- Several Master Classes each semester

Performance & Ensembles

- Style-based combos:
          Swing, Bebop, Hard Bop, Brazilian, Fusion, Free Jazz, ECM, and Contemporary
- New Deal Vocal Jazz ensemble
- Large ensemble
- Latin Jazz ensemble
- Students regularly perform at the Jazz Showcase, Chicago’s oldest jazz venue
- Student groups participate regularly in Elmhurst and Notre Dame jazz festivals

Notable Alumni

- Herbie Hancock - Grammy-winning jazz pianist and composer
- Robert Lamm - Keyboardist & Vocalist; Founding member of the band Chicago
- Joe Segal - Founder of Chicago’s legendary Jazz Showcase
- Maurice White - Drummer; Founder of the band, Earth, Wind & Fire
- Hannah Ford - Guest drummer for Prince's New Power Generation

If you are looking for outstanding training and wish to live in an urban environment rich in both music performance and performance opportunities, the Jazz and Contemporary Music Studies program at CCPA will prepare you for a career as a professional musician.


Jazz & Contemporary Music Studies Degree Requirements